• Foundation Certificate

Introduction to Shipping and Transport

Main aims of the Unit

The main aim of this unit is to introduce learners to the basic elements of shipping and transport including operational, commercial and technical considerations. It also introduces learners to the different modes of transport available and highlights how the industry has developed.

Learning Outcomes for the Unit

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Explain the different types of ships and their functions
  • Describe the different modes of transport available
  • Understand the documentation required for sea, air, road or rail transport of goods
  • Compare and contrast the operations of shipping organisations
  • Appreciate the way all transport modes can be integrated
  • Comment on the duties and responsibilities of all crew members of sea going vessels

Learning and teaching methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:

Learning takes place on a number of levels through lectures, class discussion including problem review and analysis. Formal lectures provide a foundation of information on which the student builds through directed learning and self managed learning outside of the class. The students are actively encouraged to form study groups to discuss course material which fosters a greater depth learning experience.

Entry Requirements

  • Three GCSE’s / GCE`O’ levels or equivalent qualification, or,
  • A recognised Freshman or Access Certificate
  • Certificate award deemed to be equivalent to the above qualifications
  • All learners must be 17 years and above and they must have completed a minimum of 10 years of school education
  • A 5.5 score or above of an approved English Language Test or recognised school or college English Language Placement Test

Main Topics of Study

  • Functions of shipping
  • Types of ships
  • Operations of different types of ships
  • Ship designs and future trends
  • Safety regulations
  • Manning of vessels
  • Duties and responsibilities of different crew members
  • Duties and responsibilities of the captain and senior officers
  • Hiring and discharging crew
  • Safety at sea
  • Planning and sailing schedules
  • Types of shipping companies
  • Liner and tramp organisations
  • Ship management companies
  • Ownership of vessels
  • Operational alliances
  • Freight forwarders and chartered shipbrokers
  • International shipping organisations, institutes and associations
  • Selection of distribution channels
  • International physical distribution
  • Sea freight services
  • Road freight
  • Rail freight
  • Air freight
  • Groupage
  • Selection of transport mode
  • Carrier selection
  • Bill of lading
  • Types of bills of lading
  • Waybills
  • Air waybill
  • Road waybill
  • Rail waybill
  • Sea waybill

Indicative Reading for this Unit

Main Text

Elements of Shipping A. Branch, M. Robarts 9th edition (Routledge)

Principles of International Physical Distribution J. Sherlock (Blackwell Business)

Alternative Text and further reading

Sea Transport P. Alderton (Adland Coles Nautical)

Guideline for Teaching and learning time
(10 hours per credit)

50 Hours - Lectures / Seminars / Tutorials / Workshops:

Tutorial support includes feedback on assignments and may vary by college according to local needs and wishes.

50 Hours - Directed learning:

Advance reading and preparation / Class preparation / Background reading / Group study / Portfolio / Diary etc

50 Hours - Self managed learning:

Working through the course text and completing assignments as required will take up the bulk of the learning time. In addition students are expected to engage with the tutor and other students and to undertake further reading using the web and/or libraries.

Assessment methods

Final Examination: 70%
Coursework: 30%